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Vincenza Scherrer

Deputy Head of the Policy and Research Division

Vincenza Scherrer is Deputy Head of the Policy and Research Division. She leads the Division's engagement with multilateral organizations on strengthening the development of their approaches to SSR. This includes supporting these organizations in reviewing their approaches to SSR support in the field or contributing to their policy and guidance development processes. Additionally, Vincenza manages the Division's programme on results-based management/monitoring and evaluation which seeks to identify approaches to strengthening the monitoring and evaluation of SSR support on the basis of empirical research. In this capacity, she also coordinates DCAF's organization-wide process of transitioning to results-based management at the corporate level.

During 2013-14, Vincenza was on a leave of absence from DCAF while on an assignment as an SSR advisor at the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations / Security Sector Reform Unit in New York. Her role included drafting technical guidance on monitoring and evaluation, providing input to internal consultations on SSR-related indicators, and delivering SSR training. She was also part of the team that advised Nigeria on the drafting and negotiation of the first ever Security Council Resolution on SSR in 2014. Prior to this assignment, Vincenza was a Programme Manager in DCAF's Research Division, supporting the UN's initial efforts to develop its approach to SSR. 

Prior to joining DCAF in 2006, Vincenza worked at the UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery on small arms/ light weapons and DDR issues, and at the UK Parliament supporting case-work management. Vincenza holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and a Master of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics.